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21-year-old Willmar, Minn., man sentenced to community service, probabion for bizarre Facebook burglary

WILLMAR -- A 21-year-old Willmar man was sentenced Monday to 180 days in the county jail, a $50 fine, 10 years of probation and 150 hours of community work service on a second-degree burglary charge for entering a home during the early morning hours of May 12 and using the resident's computer to log into Facebook.

Marcus Lee Ramos was also ordered to pay restitution and to follow the recommendations of a chemical dependency evaluation, ordered not to use drugs or alcohol and ordered to have no contact with the victim or their residence. The conditions were all part of his sentence handed down Monday by District Judge Donald M. Spilseth in Kandiyohi County District Court.

As part of a plea agreement, the felony charge was reduced from first-degree, and four misdemeanor charges of computer access theft, property damage, fleeing an officer on foot and underage consumption were dismissed. Ramos also received a stay of imposition on his sentence. Under the stay, his felony conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor if he complies with the conditions of probation.

The charges were filed after Willmar police officers were called around 3:45 a.m. May 12 to a home on the southeast side of the city.

A resident of the home told officers that they had awoken to find a man at their computer. The man left the home after being told to leave.

The resident gave a description of the intruder, who was located near a First Street business. When an officer attempted to question him about the incident, the man later identified as Ramos ran away. He was caught after a short foot pursuit.

Officers returned to the home and found that a window screen was damaged and that the computer was still logged into a Facebook account belonging to "Marcus Ramos."

The complaint also notes that Ramos was intoxicated during the burglary, with obvious signs of consumption and alcohol on his breath.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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